Located in Northeast Minneapolis, walking into the Hennepin Made studio on a cold January morning is like entering the tropics. Heat emulates from kilns, music plays overhead, and 4 guys move about the room, relaxed but focused on their work. Co-Owners Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert have taken the historic art of glass-blowing to new heights, designing distinctive pendant light fixtures, bowls, and vases for designers and retailers, including Room + Board. Building out their team to include Kevin Landsverk, Spencer Cleland and Dylan Adams, this small team is incredibly humble and passionate about their craft. I spent the morning photographing their workflow and talking with Jackson about Hennepin Made’s history and trade.
“I trained in Australia, where I went to art school. My instructor was trained by a master glass blower that was from the island of Murano in Italy. Glassblowing has been a huge part of the culture there for centuries. Most people that learn to blow glassblowing can trace their skill set back to Italy or Northern European countries such Sweden or Finland.”